Disjointed, start and stop story without a real sense of a novel, of a story progressing and leading to a satisfying conclusion. If I had read up on this more I would not have bought the book. I was not prepared for a series of short stories based on Mr. Card's creation of the world of Worthing. Perhaps if I were more in the mood for short stories I would have felt differently, but I thought I was getting a novel. I love fantasy and Sci Fi both. I found elements of Worthing very interesting but it did not hold together for me ultimately. It FELT (as Mr. Card states in his afterwards) as if the stories came from different periods in his life - just didn't hang together for me.
I do not remember being so torn by an experience with an audio book. When mr. Helprin focuses on plot I have not read a better writer. WOW is he could at telling a story. And then..... He gets bogged down in philosophizing, describing, ruminating, detailing, zooming in on some aspect of society and spending pages discussing it from all angles. Ok, a certain amount of this is very interesting, he has great things to say and it is fun listening to his perceptive view UP TO A POINT!
Where was his editor for this book?
I love everything about this book as a story. This the Perfect novel to turn into a movie because you could leave everything out except the actual story and you would have a blockbuster movie that you could bring in for around two-plus hours.
That being said, I did not like the way it ended. Too abrupt. Wanted to know a little more about the lives of those 'left behind.' See? I love his storytelling and as far as I am concerned the book could,go on and on with the story and I would be a happy listener.
Feel like I was dropped into the middle of a story right at the beginning. Hard to understand the characters. It needs SOME narration. I decided to stick with it awhile to give it a chance figuring it would become clear to me who these people were and what was going on. Sorry to say it did not happen and so after about 40 minutes into the story I just deleted it from my device. Perhaps I am doing the novel a disservice by not staying with it longer. I am an actor and appreciate the concept of dramatizing a novel. I have to admit that a single narrator with the narration intact appeals to me more than this production did.
GREAT story but the author needs to get out of her own way with her penchant for beating us over the head in almost every scene with toooo much detail. I found myself, several times, actually shouting at my ipod, "GET ON WITH IT! I get it, I got it 10 minutes ago, I'm not getting anything else from it, I don't care what you are saying,...... move the plot along PLEEEEZE!!!! I found myself thinking, "If any story could actually be better in an abridged version, this is it." For example (not spoiling anything here), the description of the aftermath of the big event at the beginning of the book went on for about 20 minutes with nothing happening in the story, just describing the scene. Maybe Marcel Proust could get away with it but it's not for me - sorry. That being said, when Ms. Tartt DOES tell the story it is WONDERFUL! I love it and have taken to 1.50x - ing my way through the needs-an-editor parts.
If this isn't the absolute best Dave Robicheaux novel, it is at least as good as any. I only make this caveat because every Robicheaux novel I read I think is the best one, until I read the next - so I may not be objective here. Not only is this an absolutely where-did-the-time-go page turner, it is great writing - thought provoking, delicious, and poetic. Mr. Burke is a philosopher of the bayou, a master of the Mississippi, the inspiration of Iberia Parish. All my friends are in this one too: Molly, Clete, Alafair, Helen, and Tripod.
I could barely wait for my credit to show up to buy the sequel - OMG there is a sequel to this, it isn't over! I felt like a kid on Christmas morning when I saw there is a sequel.
I have listened to this book a couple of times now and taken copious notes. I teach leadership communication classes for corporate executives and I have already included a lot of Joe's insights into my teaching - to great effect. I love it when I find something so powerful and immediately useful to my life and work. Thanks Joe!
the greatest fan of Mr. Card. I have listened to two of his books now and read one a long time ago. I think I find them a bit too 1960s SciFi in that the story is imaginative but a little two dimensional in plot and character. My tastes have moved on to more sophisticated stories, plots, and authors: Patrick Rothfus, George R.R. Martin, Stephen Donaldston (his "Chronicles") and the like. I was not bored and never once thought I wouldn't finish the book - just that while it was good Sci-Fi it is not great literature. I don't mind a good read. For example as a recent read: "The Help" was a great read. I wouldn't class it as great Lit, but it was a wonderful experience.
Just ignore this review if you also loved "Hunger Games," a book that stretched out a marvelous one-novel story into a weak trilogy. More Rothfus please!
Wide in scope, beautifully told, everything that happens in the story turns out to fit in at some point later on in a most clever and satisfying way. It is not often that I come across a great story that s also great literature, with such unique characters, and superb narration. If I HAD to pick on something it is the pace at the beginning. It got off to a very slow start for me. If I didn't already know it had gotten such rave reviews, and if the writing weren't so wonderful, I might have put it aside for the next novel in my queue. SO GLAD I DIDN'T!!! One of the top ten books I have ever read in my 20 years of listen to recorded books.
I guess I was expecting something on the order of "The Kite Runner." Didn't realize it was not a novel. Still, once I realized it was a true story it didn't quite come up to "Three Cups of Tea" in its ability to capture my attention. I enjoyed it, I was not bored, but somehow it was not powerful enough a narrative to push me over the "3 Star" mark
This book was a delight to live with for quite a few business trips in my car. This is such a beautiful, heart warming, tear jerking, laugh-out-loud, scary, spiritual, gut wrenching, all encompassing novel about India that I hardly know where to start. 'Epic' is a good word to begin with. I feel as if I have now somehow know India, it's people, slums, countryside, wealthy mafia, drug culture, smuggling operations, terrifying prison system, bear handlers, standing monks, whore houses, and monsoon madness. Roberts is like a cross between John Irving and T.E. Lawrence. I cannot imagine how he could have written a novel so rich in imagery and detailed regarding life in all aspects of India unless he had experienced everything he writes about - it is just too specific, too detailed, too amazing to not have been lived. And if he did not live everything he describes in the novel, then he is an even better writer than I think he is.
A dear friend recommended that I listen to this book. She said that a professor of American literature, when asked what one book, written by a North American author, would he recommend reading above all others, said, "The Virginian." I was amazed. I would have bet on Mark Twain or Poe or Faulkner. My recollection of The Virginian was of a TV series in the 1960s. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is a pleasure and delight all the way through. Why is Owen Wister not more well known than Mark Twain? Twain's "Roughing It" is one of my favorite novels of the west but "The Virginian" so outshines Twain in sheer storytelling that it makes the old master look like a copycat. This is not your dime-store, two-dimensional shoot-em-up western. Beautifully written, characters that lift off the page, a well told engrossing story, AND great literature to boot. Mark Twain move over.
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